Magnificat in A - Ben Parry (b. 1965)


Ave Maria - Robert Parsons (1535-1572)


Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum;

benedicta tu in mulieribus,

et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,

ora pro nobis peccatoribus,

nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;

blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


Text: Luke 1:28



Magnificat in D - Herbert Brewer (1865-1928)


Hymn to the Virgin - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)


Of one who is so fair and bright

Velut maris stella,   [Like a star of the sea]

Brighter than the day is light, 

Parens et puella:   [Both mother and maiden]

I cry to thee, thou see to me,

Lady, pray thy Son for me, 

Tam pia,   [so pure]

That I may come to thee. 

Maria!   [Mary]

All this world was forlorn,

Eva peccatrice,   [because of Eve, a sinner]

Till our Lord was yborn,

De te genetrice.   [through you, his mother]

With ave it went away,

Darkest night, and comes the day 

Salutis;   [of salvation]

The well springeth out of thee. 

Virtutis.   [of virtue]


Lady, flower of everything,

Rosa sine spina,   [Rose without thorn]

Thou bare Jesu, heaven's king, 

Gratia divina:   [by divine grace]

Of all thou bearest the prize,

Lady, queen of paradise 

Electa:   [chosen]

Maid mild, mother

es effecta.   [you are made]


Text: Anonymous